Former Pitt guard Shavonte Zellous named WNBA's Most Improved Player

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

We don't talk a ton of women's basketball here, but I like to mention it when at all possible. After all, Pitt had a successful program only a few years ago, reaching a pair of Sweet 16s.

Shavonte Zellous, a former Pitt guard now in the WNBA playing for the Indiana Fever, won the league's Most Improved Player Award going away. Zellous took home 30 of the 39 votes and no one else even had more than one vote ... meaning a nine-way tie for second place.

She practically doubled her scoring average from 7.5 to 14.7 points a game and her shooting percentage increased as well. As I wrote earlier this summer, Zellous made her first WNBA All-Star team. That was after hitting a game-winning shot in the Conference Finals last year before helping her team win the WNBA title. Yeah, she's having some kind of career.

Stuff like that is just good for the program. You may not pay a ton of attention to the WNBA but rest assured, girls playing the sport in high school do. Seeing a Pitt player as an All-Star in the league is great pub for the program.

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